Set in the picturesque landscape of a UNESCO World Heritage site, a restored farmhouse of golden local stone has generous spaces reflecting the wide Val d'Orcia valley just outside its doors.
This makes it the ideal location for relaxed family reunions or a holiday retreat for friends happy to eschew snarled traffic in favor of uncluttered hillsides and willing to leave full agendas behind. Once owned by a shepherd who produced fabulous Pecorino cheese here, today it has been transformed into a spacious and elegant family holiday home. There are spaces for family fun, with a table tennis table and fabulous pool, as well as understated interior design elegance for relaxing. The living room even features an original vinyl record deck, with an eclectic collection of records - some of our return guests even bring their own!
The house sits easily amongst the cultivated hills and towns perched on rocky outcrops which have been captured by artists since the Renaissance, surrounded by soul-renewing views. It was certainly not chance that brought the Sienese Pope Pius II to build his Ideal City of Pienza in this valley, though these days, the area is feted more perhaps for its Brunello wine and pecorino cheese for which the area is famous.
One enters the house directly into the large country kitchen. The dimensions are generous, with modern appliances, travertine countertops and a wooden table good for preparation. A furnished patio just outside is perfect for eating alfresco.
A doorway from the kitchen leads to a games room with table soccer and a door to the front garden. To the right of this room is the dining room with a table for 8, while to the left is a room set up with a ping pong table. This room connects through a doorway cut in the house's thick walls to the main hall that runs deep from the wide glass doors to the garden to the corner fireplace at the end of the room. With its original beamed ceiling, terracotta flooring, comfy sofas and golden walls, this is a room that will draw the crowd.
The top floor is reach either by doors from the front garden to an internal staircase or a hallway from the dining room that accesses the same stairway through a room with the original bread oven and a handy washing machine.
From a landing near the top of the stairs a glass door leads to the first of four bedroom suites, this one with twin beds under the eaves, the same view enjoyed from the pool and an ensuite shower room. A long hallway with arched brick ceiling leads to three further suites - two doubles and one twin/double bedroom, all with ensuite shower rooms. All the bedrooms are very spacious and furnished with country antiques suiting the style of the house.
Those willing to navigate a couple of kilometres on a rocky rural track will be amply rewarded when they get to Casa del Pastore, a well-equipped but relaxed house with absolutely stunning views of Mt Amiata and the Val d'Orcia.
They'll get a warm and friendly welcome from Mike and Baal who look after the house, and can enjoy a stay at the heart of one of the most beautiful and remote regions of southern Tuscany in complete comfort.
The house is well looked-after, with a great pool, decent satellite broadband and loads of space - and a view that catches your breath every time you step out the door. It's a beautiful place.Stephen and Janice from UK staying in Casa del Pastore . Jul 2022
The main feature of this holiday home is its infinity pool with that glorious view. The house has been beautifully renovated and has everything you need. Our boys appreciated the table football! Mike and Baal were charming, friendly and helpful. Their wine store was a welcome addition too. A robust hire car is necessary for the long dirt track.Rachel and family from UK staying in Casa del Pastore . Jul 2022
We are already back home and I have to write that we had a wonderful time in Casa del Pastore. Everything was great, Nicolette is a perfect caretaker, very helpful. We were very happy and relaxed so please send many thanks to the owner for sharing such a beautiful property. Thank you very much - we hope we can visit Casa del Pastore again next year.Mrs. M.T. and family, Poland staying in Casa del Pastore . Dec 2015
An early outing may be to Castiglioncello di Trinoro, the 12th century village that crowns the hill behind the house and offers restaurants, an art gallery and summer concerts.
The Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in August in the nearest town, Sarteano. Dominated by its 15th century castle, this lively town has been inhabited for thousands of years.
The Etruscan 'Tomb of the Chariot from Hell', unearthed only in 2001, merits a visit.
A half-hour's drive leads to Bagno Vignoni, whose underground acquifer made the small village the spa of choice for popes, saints, and politicians, or to Iris Origo's beautiful villa 'La Foce' and its famed gardens designed by English architect Cecil Pinsent, both venues for concerts throughout the summer. La Foce Concert Programme.
The restaurant Dopolavoro is nearby the Foce gardens and an excellent choice for drinks or dinner after you visit to the gardens. For wine tasting try to local producer of the excellent Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Boscarelli.
An easy day trip could take in one of the cultural and artistic centers of the Val di Chiana: Cortona, of 'Under the Tuscan Sun' fame, which spills down the hillside and offers stunning views over its medieval walls or Arezzo, whose Piazza Grande fills with jousting knights for the Giostra del Saracino or with bargain hunters at its monthly Antiques Fair. With the medieval gems Siena and Perugia only slightly further, it will simply be a choice of where to head next. Of course, if contemplation of this happens while lying in the sun near the long pool or tucking into a Tuscan meal under the furnished pergola, the option of staying put may take the day.
People have been enjoying the hot waters of Bagno Vignoni since before Roman times - the village square is one enormous hat water pool.
The local town of Sarteano has a museum dedicated to the recently discovered tomb with amazingly fresh 2000 year old paintings.
This charming recently restored hamlet is a short drive or a walk away from Casa del Pastore
Close to Casa del Pastore, these stunning formal gardens designed by Cecil Pinsent for Iris Origo are well worth a visit.
Jazz and Blues in the square of Sarteano - normally in the third week of August. Image © Mauro Sini
Siena, with its famous Piazza del campo, Cathedral, Pinacoteca and other museums and sights, is only a short drive away
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We can hold dates for you for 48 hours while you make sure everything lines up, then you simply pay the deposit (30% of total) to secure your booking. The balance will then be due 10 weeks before you travel. You can also add "Booking Protect" to your booking for a full refund if you can't travel.
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